2 Corinthians 5:17—This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
Imagine that someone came up to you and said that they could take you to a brand new city for you to live in. What would your reaction be? Maybe you would tell them that you’re happy with where you are right now, so there’s no need for you to move. Maybe you don’t trust them, or think that they’re trying to take something from you. Or what if they just think they’re better than you, and believe that where you’re living now is substandard.
Or, we could look at it from another angle to see that there could be something greater in store for you wherever this person is going to take you. Maybe there is more to life than you’re currently experiencing and they have firsthand knowledge about how you can get there.
Jesus came to meet us where we are to point us to what lies ahead. He came and delivered on what was promised before, and then went back to prepare the way for us. He doesn’t want us to stay where we are, never advancing or accomplishing more than we are right now. Through Him, we can do incredible things.
1 Corinthians 15:12-20—since we preach that Christ rose from the dead, why are some of you saying there will be no resurrection of the dead? For if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, then all our preaching is useless, and your faith is useless. And we apostles would all be lying about God—for we have said that God raised Christ from the grave. But that can’t be true if there is no resurrection of the dead. And if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless and you are still guilty of your sins. In that case, all who have died believing in Christ are lost! And if our hope in Christ is only for this life, we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world. But in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead. He is the first of a great harvest of all who have died.
In Christ, our new life in Him has begun, but it isn’t finished. Even as Christians, we are always making mistakes. These bodies we’re in right now will go back to the dust of the Earth, but we are going to get new, eternal bodies. They will be unmarred by sin, unlike our bodies right now.
Receiving the gift of forgiveness that Jesus died on the cross for is the beginning of new life, but the fullness of that life has yet to come. As a believer, have hope not only in that Jesus has forgiven you of your sins, but also that He has amazing things in store for you for all of eternity.